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Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings have a hard time paying for content

paidcontent.org
I distinctly remember learning how to read, and it wasn’t from a book or in a kindergarten classroom. It was sitting at the breakfast table with my Dad every morning, when we would read the weather section of the Washington Post. We checked to see if it was hot in...
Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings have a hard time paying for content

Making the most of your SSD

arstechnica.com
Welcome to the third installment in our ongoing series on the solid state revolution. The last two articles looked at how SSDs work and how mobile devices and operating systems deal with the changes flash brings, but this week, as folks in the good 'ol USA prepare to celebrate our...
Making the most of your SSD

Mo’ data mo’ problems: The future of the data center

gigaom.com
For all the upsides that using vasts amounts of data has, there’s also a cost – and often, it can be measured in cold hard dollars. That was one of the takeaways from a panel of data center experts at GigaOM’s Structure:Data conference Wednesday. Processing power and storage have scaled...
Mo’ data mo’ problems: The future of the data center

Jon Miller: Here's A Good Example Of What It's Like Working With Rupert Murdoch (NWS)

www.businessinsider.com
At our IGNITION conference, former News Corp executive Jon Miller gave this revealing anecdote about what it's like working with Rupert Murdoch. (Some paraphrasing in here): Rupert told me, "I want to go to CES." I said, "Okay, it's a little late, but I can probably get you a keynote."...
Jon Miller: Here's A Good Example Of What It's Like Working With Rupert Murdoch (NWS)

'Fake it until you make it' - Eileen Burbidge's astonishing tale of Skype's early days

venturebeat.com
There’s nothing better than a true story, well told – and Eileen Burbidge’s first public talk about her experiences as the third employee at Skype definitely made that definition. Appearing late on Friday at IdeaLab! 2012, Burbidge – now a partner at London-based Passion Capital – stood poised and spoke...
'Fake it until you make it' - Eileen Burbidge's astonishing tale of Skype's early days

If People Won't Pay A Monthly Fee For Facebook, Why Would They Pay For Newspapers?

www.techdirt.com
We've been arguing about the long-term problems with paywalls for quite some time now, but more and more newspapers insist that they're "the answer." Of course, they seem to be asking the wrong question. They may be "the answer" to "doing something" in a desperate attempt to slow down people...
If People Won't Pay A Monthly Fee For Facebook, Why Would They Pay For Newspapers?

Urbantag is like Pinterest for real-world places

gigaom.com
A year or so ago, I took a trip to Austin, Texas, for the first time. Before I jumped on a plane, I asked for bar and restaurant recommendations from a friend of mine who had spent a few years living there. What I received in response was a 1,200-word...
Urbantag is like Pinterest for real-world places

NY Times Takes On Our Broken Patent System

www.techdirt.com
Well, this is nice to see. Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr at the NY Times have a nice long piece highlighting just how broken the patent system is today. It kicks off with an anecdote of the type of story we hear about all the time: where a startup innovator...
NY Times Takes On Our Broken Patent System

Talking with Herbert Van de Sompel about a web that remembers

blog.jonudell.net
The endnotes for the book I’m now reading are a mixture of conventional citations and URLs. The former, expressed as publisher, book or journal title, author, date, and page number, seem not nearly so useful as the latter. Would you rather visit the library or click a link? But...
Talking with Herbert Van de Sompel about a web that remembers
Film preservation and the impermanence of the digital medium
'Did all the packets arrive in good condition?'

Google's Schmidt dismisses Microsoft at his own peril

www.techhive.com
Eric Schmidt, the former CEO and current executive chairman of Google, doesn't appear to be taking Microsoft seriously. In an interview with All Things Digital, Schmidt said that the Apple-Google platform rivalry is "the defining fight in the industry today." The two companies, he said, are part of a...
Google's Schmidt dismisses Microsoft at his own peril

Read this: Unraveling sustainable App Store pricing practices

thenextweb.com
I’ve often felt that there is a dearth of high-level discussion about the business of the App Store, and indeed building a sustainable business selling software altogether. Too much dealing with the day-to-day flailing that comes with trying to make things work. That’s why I was really happy to see...
Read this: Unraveling sustainable App Store pricing practices

Solving Problems The Square Way

www.fastcompany.com
An inside look at Square's design and engineering teams, revealing insight into the company's creative process and Jack Dorsey's leadership style. Not long ago, Square CEO Jack Dorsey challenged his team to create a solution for accepting payments at Starbucks, which the mobile-payments company had partnered with in August....
Solving Problems The Square Way

Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

cdixon.org
Until last week’s announcement of the new Surface tablet, Microsoft had taken the same approach to mobile devices that they had with PCs: build the software themselves and let partners build the hardware. Google took a similar strategy with Android but then reversed course when they acquired Motorola. Apple’s integrated...
Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

Records Point to Credit Card Fraud By Silicon Swindler Shirley Hornstein

betabeat.com
Ms. Hornstein (via About.me) This week, the world was introduced to Shirley Hornstein: an ersatz entrepreneur who Photoshopped and name-dropped her way through Silicon Valley. For at least a year and a half, Ms. Hornstein has been trading on flimsily-fabricated connections to powerful tech investors, startups, and celebrities–always depending, as TechCrunch...
Records Point to Credit Card Fraud By Silicon Swindler Shirley Hornstein

If People Won't Pay A Monthly Fee For Facebook, Why Would They Pay For Newspapers?

www.techdirt.com
We've been arguing about the long-term problems with paywalls for quite some time now, but more and more newspapers insist that they're "the answer." Of course, they seem to be asking the wrong question. They may be "the answer" to "doing something" in a desperate attempt to slow down people...
If People Won't Pay A Monthly Fee For Facebook, Why Would They Pay For Newspapers?

Instapaper iOS app gains location-based article updates

arstechnica.com
Instapaper's new feature lets you update articles in the background when you enter or leave set locations. Few things are more infuriating than when your plane takes off, and you load up Instapaper to get your read on, only to find that you forgot to update it with all...
Instapaper iOS app gains location-based article updates

Traversing the Valley

gigaom.com
In Walter Isaacsonʼs biography of Steve Jobs, Isaacson describes the time that Jobs cold called Wendell Weeks, the CEO of Corning, Inc., to learn about Gorilla Glass (which is now used in more than 500 devices). Weeksʼ assistant refused to put him through, but offered to take a message. Jobs described that as...
Traversing the Valley
HP, Autonomy, and the perils of spinning facts

These Two Stocks Are The Most Popular Investments Of Billionaire Hedge Funders

www.businessinsider.com
This is potentially cool: Insider Monkey has created an index just to track the favorite stocks of billionaire hedge funders. Regular old millionaire hedge funders need not apply. Among the billionaires includes: Buffett, Soros, Paulson, and Einhorn. So far this year, the index -- which weights the most popular...
These Two Stocks Are The Most Popular Investments Of Billionaire Hedge Funders

Box CEO Aaron Levie: Startups Have An "Unfair Advantage" In The Enterprise Market

techcrunch.com
During an enterprise-focused panel at TechCrunch Disrupt today, Box co-founder Aaron Levie noted how startups have “an unfair advantage” over the incumbents in the enterprise world today. In his view, the enterprise market isn’t just getting “sexy” today, but it’s actually now a very attractive market for startups. The traditional...
Box CEO Aaron Levie: Startups Have An "Unfair Advantage" In The Enterprise Market

Tim Dowling: open all hours

www.guardian.co.uk
What with the Guardian Open Weekend, Twitter and my banjo playing, I seem to be putting my flaws on increasingly public displayMany weeks ago, I agreed, on behalf of the middle-aged man band I'm in, to play a short set on a small stage at the Guardian Open Weekend. Like a far-off appointment to have a tooth pulled,...
Tim Dowling: open all hours
Ars Technicast, Episode 22--Tech horror stories

How A Startup Got Wall Street Star Sallie Krawcheck On Board

www.businessinsider.com
Sallie Krawcheck has made her first big move after leaving a top position at Bank of America. She tells Business Insider that she has joined the board of a small online-brokerage startup, Motif Investing. What we wanted to know: How did Motif CEO Hardeep Walia persuade her to sign up?...
How A Startup Got Wall Street Star Sallie Krawcheck On Board

Manti Te'o's Fake Girlfriend Tweets From Beyond The Grave, Further Complicating An Insanely Mysterious Story

www.fastcompany.com
The Notre Dame football star says he duped by a group of hoaxers. What's going on here? A heart-wrenching thread through this past college football season was that of Manti Te'o, a well-liked Heisman candidate from Notre Dame whose girlfriend Lennay Kekua, a reported Stanford student, died of cancer...
Manti Te'o's Fake Girlfriend Tweets From Beyond The Grave, Further Complicating An Insanely Mysterious Story

Sometimes, mother-in-laws top hard statistics

entrepreneur.venturebeat.com
(Editor’s note: Jeff Bussgang is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. This column originally appeared on his blog Seeing Both Sides.) I’ll never forget my first marketing class at business school.  Our professor peered at us with an intense glare as he pushed back on our standard, “chip shot”...
Sometimes, mother-in-laws top hard statistics

Eulogizing The Disruptor: Why Zipcar's Sell-Out Is A Bad Sign For Innovation

readwrite.com
Zipcar is the Apple of car rental services. Like any of today's nimble disruptors (think Square, Uber) Zipcar "just works" in a way that competitors are light years away from figuring out. But while Apple's massive success has reinforced its winning formula, some other less patient disruptors are looking for...
Eulogizing The Disruptor: Why Zipcar's Sell-Out Is A Bad Sign For Innovation

The story of a lost time capsule containing Steve Jobs' Lisa mouse

thenextweb.com
Yesterday we shared a story with you about a speech Steve Jobs gave in Aspen in 1983, in which he talked about concepts that would become the iPad and App Store. Reader Marcel Brown was kind enough to share that speech with us in the first place and now he’s...
The story of a lost time capsule containing Steve Jobs' Lisa mouse

Confession Of A Patch Ad Salesman: 'I Can't Do This Any More' (AOL)

www.businessinsider.com
The staunchest defender of AOL local news blog network Patch we know (other than Patch president Warren Webster and Patch PR, perhaps) is the ad sales person who emailed us a couple weeks ago to say "screw BI and go Patch." Well, now he's quitting. In an email, he...
Confession Of A Patch Ad Salesman: 'I Can't Do This Any More' (AOL)
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